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Parliamentary questions
16 February 2005
Answer given by Mrs Ferrero-Waldner on behalf of the Commission

The Commission refutes the statement by the Honourable Member that ‘much of the EU’s money goes to finance terrorists, terrorist organisations and terrorist activities’. The Commission attaches strict conditions to its financial programme with the Palestinians requiring continuous reform in the field of financial control and good governance. Building on the EU efforts the World Bank has established a Public Financial Management Reform Trust Fund for the PA into which the EU is paying. Release of funds is subject to compliance with benchmarks on financial reform which are updated on a twice-yearly basis.

The Commission has been rigorous in investigating all allegations of misuse of EU funds by the PA. The independent anti-fraud office of the EU, OLAF announced in February 2003 that it was going to conduct an investigation into allegations of misuse of funds donated by the European Union in the context of EU budgetary support to the Palestinian Authority. OLAF is currently finalising its report The Commission will look closely at the findings or recommendations which may result from the final conclusion of the OLAF investigation. To date, however, the Commission has found no conclusive evidence that EU funds have been diverted to terrorism. The Working Group on Budgetary Assistance to the Palestinian Authority of the European Parliament also concluded that there was no conclusive evidence that the EU non-targeted Direct Budgetary support was used to finance illegal activities, including the financing of terrorism; and, that there is no evidence that EU budget support has not been fully transferred into the PA budget or that it was used outside the budget

With regard to Mr Marwan Barghouti, it is the understanding of the Commission that as an elected Member of the Palestinian Legislature, Mr Barghouti is in receipt of an allowance from the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).

OJ C 125, 29/05/2006
Päivitetty viimeksi: 20. kesäkuuta 2006Oikeudellinen huomautus